Standing Up to Hitler 1935–1944
Even before the Second World War, senior German officers were seeking to save their country by overthrowing Hitler. Paddy Ashdown profiles opponents such as Admiral Canaris and draws on newly released files to reveal their repeated efforts to pass military secrets the Allies. He also consider whether half of Europe would have fallen under the Soviet yoke had Britain and the US heeded their attempts to negotiate a peace settlement in 1943. Slightly off-mint.
Discovering Battlefields of England and Scotland
From King Alfred’s defeat of the Danes at Ashdown in 871 to the Duke of Cumberland’s victory at Culloden in 1746, this illustrated guide covers 69 battlefield sites in England and Scotland. John Kinross recounts the events of each battle and provides a plan, photograph and description of what remains today, with the OS map reference and practical information for visitors.
Combat Operations 1939–1945
This World War Two from Primary Sources DVD comprises three contemporary films featuring footage of the Spitfire in combat and on the ground: a public information newsreel on aircraft identification, Air Marshal Philip Joubert’s documentary tribute to the pilots and a detailed maintenance guide.
SAS Operation Bulbasket
Das Reich and Oradour
After D-Day, the SAS was given the dangerous task of sabotaging the railways carrying reinforcements to Normandy, with fatal consequences. The first of two Battlefield History TV documentaries filmed on location tells the story using archive footage, photos and reconstructions.
The Saint Nazaire Raid
Operation Chariot - The Greatest Raid
Operation Chariot was a 1942 Combined Operations-run attack on a crucial dry dock in Normandy. In this documentary the Battlefield History TV experts tell the story on location with archive material and contributions from participant Major-General Corran Purdon.
The Siege Of Leningrad
The Military History of The Third Reich from Germany Newsreels
Part of the Hitler’s War Machine series tracing the military history of the Third Reich through wartime German newsreels with English translation, this film records the decisive and massively destructive siege of Leningrad, which lasted from September 1941 to the Red Army victory in January 1944.
Heinkel He 111
Combat Operations 1939–1944
The He 111 was a primary Luftwaffe medium bomber in service 1939 to 1944. Using subtitled footage from the weekly Wochenschau newsreels, this DVD shows bomber crews preparing for and carrying out raids on Polish cities during the German invasion, along with footage of the destruction.
The Battles For Normandy
The True Glory
This Academy Award-winning 1945 celebration of the Allied invasion is narrated using first-hand accounts from troops, resistance fighters, medics and civilians. Introduced by General Dwight Eisenhower, it includes extensive and rarely seen footage from the preparations, battles and aftermath through to the final German surrender.
Hitler's War Machine
The start of Operation Barbarossa is depicted in this collection of subtitled footage from the Wochenschau newsreels. Starting with Hitler’s repudiation of the Non-Aggression Pact, it shows battle scenes, Jewish ghetto clearances and captured Bolsheviks from Russia’s borders with the Baltic States and Eastern Europe.
The British Servicemen of the First World War Collection
Focusing on the everyday lives of British servicemen during the First World War, this trilogy of short, richly illustrated books comprises Peter Doyle’s account of daily life for the average British ‘Tommy’; David and Stuart Hadaway’s look at the pioneering young men of the new Royal Flying Corps; and an examination of life on board Royal Navy ships by Dr Quintin Colville.
Where the American Century Began
After the Second World War, the initiative to divide Korea at the 38th Parallel was put forward by America. The war that followed resulted in the death of around three million civilians. This critique of America’s involvement in the Korean War of 1950–53 examines the origins of the conflict, America’s response to China’s involvement, including the chemical weapon bombing campaign, and the legacy of militarism and bitterness that remains in North Korea.
The Lives and Spies of MI5's Maxwell Knight
Based on recently declassified MI5 files, this is the story of one of Britain’s greatest intelligence operators, Maxwell Knight (1900–1968) or ‘M’. From 1923, when he was recruited for MI5 by Sir George Makgill, the book follows Knight’s career through infiltrating Communist and Fascist movements in Britain during the 1920s and 1930s, the Second World War and the Cold War, and examines his particular talent for recruiting and training special agents.
True Tales by Those Who Flew the 'Last All-British Bomber'
‘The spirit encountered amongst former Buccaneer aircrew appears to be stronger than that associated with any other aircraft type...’ Featuring the reminiscences of 27 airmen who flew the Blackburn Buccaneer, this volume traces the history of the strike bomber from its early Fleet Air Arm operations to its last active service in the Gulf War of 1991 and provides an insight into the exuberant lifestyle of a Buccaneer squadron.
War and the Death of News
Reflections of a Grade B Reporter
Martin Bell has seen war from both sides, first as a soldier and then as a journalist, reporting from some of the grimmest conflicts of recent decades. In this compelling personal account, he describes his experiences in Vietnam, Bosnia and Northern Ireland, and reflects on the way that journalism has changed. In the face of ‘embedded’ reporting, ‘infotainment’, social media and ‘post-truth’, he issues an impassioned call to put substance back into the news. Slightly off-mint.
The Darkest Days
The Truth Behind Britain's Rush to War, 1914
Contrary to recent historical consensus, which argues that Britain’s entry into the First World War was unavoidable, this well-researched, forensic examination of political events in Britain during the 13 days leading up to outbreak, reveals that key politicians and organizations, including cabinet members, Keir Hardie and Liberal Party ‘Radicals’, offered a path to neutrality, and proposes that political blunders and misguided allegiances to France and Russia resulted in a catastrophic conflict that was far from inevitable.
The Black Prince of Florence
The Spectacular Life and Treacherous World of Alessandro de' Medici
The illegitimate son of Lorenzo II and a maidservant, Alessandro de’ Medici ruled Florence for six turbulent years until he was assassinated in 1537. This first complete account of his life charts the rise through the intrigue-ridden courts of Renaissance Italy of the model for Machiavelli’s Prince, assesses the qualities of a ruler branded a tyrant by his enemies after his death, and considers the possible ethnic origins of this ‘first European ruler of colour’.
Hero of the Empire
The Boer War, a Daring Escape and the Making of Winston Churchill
In 1899 the 25-year-old Winston Churchill scaled the fence of a PoW camp in Pretoria to make a perilous 300-mile escape across Southern Africa. This account of his journey to freedom is set within the context of his early years as a war correspondent, soldier and budding politician, and paints an intimate portrait of a young man keen to seek out danger -– he narrowly survived conflicts in Cuba, the Hindu Kush and Sudan – yet assured of his own long-term destiny. Off-mint and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
Oft in Danger
The Life and Campaigns of General Sir Anthony Farrar-Hockley
Anthony Farrar-Hockley (1924–2006) began his army career during the Second World War, serving with paratroopers in North Africa, Italy, France and Greece. After 1945, he was with 6th Airborne Division in Palestine and, from 1950, with the Glosters in Korea, where he taken prisoner by the Chinese; then on to Cyprus, Suez, Jordan, the Persian Gulf, and Borneo. A vivid portrait of ‘TFH’, this book also traces the British military’s transformation from conscription army to a voluntary, professional force.
The captain of the British submarine HMS Upholder, Lieutenant-Commander Malcolm David Wanklyn, was awarded the Victoria Cross for his exploits in the Mediterranean, sinking several Italian and German vessels between 1940 and the Upholder's loss in April 1942. Written in 1960 by a submariner who also served in the Mediterranean, this is the 1974 edition of the book detailing the actions of the most successful British submarine of the war. Bears old cover price.
Strafer: Desert General
The Life and Killing of Lieutenant General William Gott
When William 'Strafer' Gott was shot down and killed by the Luftwaffe in 1942, the command he had just been assigned – the 8th Army in North Africa – was given to Bernard Montgomery. Exploring his leadership and personal qualities, this biography examines Gott's formative military experiences in the First World War (during which he was a PoW and won the Military Cross), postings between the wars and his campaigns in the desert from 1940 to 1942, before his assassination.
From Corunna to Waterloo
The Letters and Journals of Two Napoleonic Hussars, 1801–1816
Major Edwin Griffith and his nephew Captain Frederick Philips served in the 15th (King's) Hussars during the Napoleonic Wars and both kept journals of their experiences and regularly wrote letters home. Often serving in separate wings of the regiment, their observations cover different actions, the contemporary accounts describing home service on policing duties as well as the campaign with Wellington through Portugal, Spain and southern France from 1813 up to Waterloo in 1815.
The Prince and the Art of War
During Machiavelli’s lifetime, his fame rested on The Art of War rather than The Prince; although written with the situation in Florence in mind, his practical military treatise was influential throughout Europe. It promotes the concept of war as an extension of politics, and the necessity of a state army, trained, disciplined and deployed on the classical Roman model. The Art of War accompanies The Prince in this Collector’s Library edition.
Death for Desertion
The Story of the Court Martial and Execution of Sub Lt Edwin Dyett
On January 5th, 1917, Sub-Lieutenant Edwin Dyett of the 63rd (Royal Naval) Division, faced the firing squad. Although accused of desertion in the face of the enemy, the facts surrounding the case and Dyett's psychological and nervous condition cast serious doubts on whether justice was done. Drawing on statements and court martial documents, this re-examination of the trial asks: was Dyett a coward, or simply wholly unsuited to the role of an officer in the front line?
The West Point Atlas of War
World War II: European Theater
Originally used to train cadets at the US Military Academy, the maps in this book were created by the Department of Military Art and Engineering and were first commercially published in 1959. The 62 detailed plans are accompanied by commentaries and describe the troop deployments and movements of the key European battles of the Second World War (including the North African campaign), from the German invasion of Poland in 1939 to Allied operations in Germany in April and May 1945.
British Pill Boxes and Bunkers 1914–1918
The first recorded British concrete machine gun post, concrete dugout or emplacement was constructed in August 1914 and the Army rapidly developed their expertise in this type of fortification throughout the course of the war. This book outlines the development of these pill boxes, as some designs came to be known, and examines all the structures still in existence in France and Belgium today, with photographs, GPS coordinates and maps showing how they fitted into contemporary defensive systems.
Why the Germans Lost
The Rise and Fall of the Black Eagle
From Frederick the Great and the emergence of Prussia as a major power, German armies earned a fearsome reputation, yet that envied military tradition was to be defeated in the First World War and destroyed in 1945. This book assesses the developments in organization, equipment and leadership of the army from the 18th century, through the Napoleonic period, to the two world wars, analysing the strategy and battle performance that lay behind its successes and failures.
The Sword of Albion
One of Britain's greatest naval heroes, Nelson was nonetheless insecure and needed constant reassurance. Wellington thought him 'so vain and silly as to surprise and almost disgust me'. This second volume of Sugden's biography recounts Nelson's life from 1797 to his death at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. Drawing on letters and diaries, it weaves his victories at the Nile and Copenhagen with his stormy relations with colleagues and his scandalous private life.
Dictionary of British Military History
Starting with the Danish invasion of the 9th century, this is a concise A-Z guide to milestones in the history of British land warfare and the development of the Army. Its 2,000 entries cover such topics as uniform and weapons; famous battles such as Bannockburn, Goose Green and Sebastopol; Army organisation, ranks and regiments; and important military figures from Oliver Cromwell to Orde Charles Wingate, leader of the Chindits.
Harriet Martineau's Writing on British History and Military Reform
Volumes 1-5 contain Martineau's History of the Peace: Being a History of England from 1816 to 1854, with the Introduction 1800-1815 covering the Napoleonic Wars, reprinted from the American edition of 1864. Volume 6 presents England and Her Soldiers (1859), covering post-Crimean events, together with relevant articles and correspondence. No jackets.
What Hitler's Butler Said
As Adolf Hitler's valet and adjutant from 1934 to 1943, Karl Wilhelm Krause was one of the most important witnesses to Hitler's close circle during the Third Reich. Fifty years on, Krause tells his story, with archive film of the people and events he describes. German soundtrack with English voice-over translation. Two DVDs; running time approx. 88 min.
The German Wehrmacht
Armoured Fighting Vehicles and Tank Defence
The German Wehrmacht series of DVDs uses archive film, private film clips and detailed English voice overs to look in detail at German armoured forces, tank and infantry units and examines their involvement in various theatres of the Second World War. Among the topics covered in this film are the development of the tank and the wartime experience of armoured units on the Western and Eastern fronts, including Operation Barbarossa. One DVD; running time approx 60 min.
Desert Rats 1940–1942
The successes achieved by British forces in the Libyan desert provided the first major land victories of the war, giving a much-needed boost to morale and the first signs of a turning of the tide. These three documentary films, produced by official War Office and Army film units shortly after the events, describe the North African campaign against the Italians and Germans, focusing on the strategic port of Tobruk. World War II from Primary Sources series. 1 DVD 60min
The First World War
The Battle of Mons was the first engagement for the British Expeditionary Force, meeting the German Army on the Belgian-French border in August 1914. Despite performing well they were forced into a withdrawal through the sprawling industrial area around Mons, in the face of superior German numbers. This feature-length documentary visits key locations in France and Belgium to tell the story of the BEF from arrival in France to the perilous retreat from the battle. 1 DVD 90min
Balkans, Greece and Crete 1941
Hitler's War Machine
Hitler’s decision to intervene in the Mediterranean theatre provided further proof of German military superiority, as they were able to swiftly take control of Yugoslavia, Greece and Crete in April and May of 1941. The footage on this disc shows the land, sea and airborne operations employed.
Fleet Manouvers & Battle Missions
During the Second World War the German Kriegsmarine conducted many large scale fleet manoeuvers (sic) in the Atlantic and Pacific. Using rare German archive footage, this DVD shows these spectacular naval actions. The main film is accompanied by shorter pieces on the Battleships Scharnhorst and Gneisenau. 1 DVD; running time 60 min.
The German Wehrmacht
Winter War on the Northern and Eastern Front
The German Wehrmacht series of DVDs uses archive film, private film clips and detailed English voice overs to look in detail at German armoured forces, tank and infantry units and examines their involvement in various theatres of the Second World War. Along with chapters on combat missions and conditions on the Northern, Eastern and Western fronts, this film covers topics including Stalingrad, North Africa, air combat and motorcycle troop missions. One DVD; running time approx 60 minutes.
The Red Baron
The True Story of Manfred von Richthofen
Manfred von Richthofen was the leading ace of the First World War and helped to develop effective new aerial combat tactics while leading his Jagdgeschwader 1 fighter unit. This documentary includes original wartime footage, a revealing assessment of the controversial circumstances of his death and bonus galleries of archive photographs. DVD.
The German Wehrmacht: Main Front Lines on the Eastern Front
Main Front Lines on the Eastern Front
The German Wehrmacht series of DVDs uses archive film, private film clips and detailed English voice overs to look in detail at German armoured forces, tank and infantry units and examines their involvement in various theatres of the Second World War. Beginning with a chapter on the origins of the Wehrmacht, this film deals mainly with tank warfare in the East, but also with Cossack associations and maritime distress and transport squadrons of the Luftwaffe. One DVD; running time approx 60 min.
Last Boat to Normandy
D-Day Landings – The Veterans' Accounts
For this film, the camera crew joins a band of D-Day veterans as they make the journey across the channel to revisit the Normandy beaches, pay respects to their fallen comrades, and share their memories of the D-Day landings and the fierce fighting of 6 June 1944. One DVD; running time approx 60 min.